Annie Doyle – The Petoskey News-Review
Two people were killed in a plane crash near Boyne City on Monday, Nov. 15.
At 1:28 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported an airplane that went off radar near the Boyne Valley/Melrose Township area, according to Charlevoix County Sheriff Chuck Vondra.
The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Boyne City Police Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Melrose Township Fire Department, Boyne Valley Township Fire Department, Boyne Valley EMS and Boyne City EMS all responded to the last known area the airplane was reported.
After searching the densely wooded location, the airplane was located by a Michigan State Police helicopter responding to the scene from Lansing, said Vondra.
The deceased are pilot Kenneth Daniel Yott, 61, of Pontiac, and his passenger Corbin Dennis Kennedy, 21, of Howell. They were the only ones on board the plane at the time of the accident. They were flying to Boyne City Municipal Airport when their Beechcraft King Air airplane crashed into the wooded area west of Romanik Road in Melrose Township. Both Yott and Kennedy were located in the airplane and were deceased when found. The families of the victims have been notified, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
As of 9 p.m. on Monday, the sheriff’s office also reported that the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board have been contacted and are responding to the scene of the crash.
This is the second plane crash to occur in the past three days in Charlevoix County. On Saturday, Nov. 13, a fatal plane crash on Beaver Island left four dead, including the pilot. An 11-year-old girl is the lone survivor in that accident.
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